Thursday, February 14, 2008

Crock Pot Versaware and Slow Cooking Thursday!

This past week I got a new toy in the mail, if you don't know what it is, go check out this post.

So here's my new baby:

A Crock Pot Versa ware. But before I tell you about it here's a little history on the brand name that was passed on by Merideth from Crock-Pot.

Like many great product brand names, Kleenex for example, the Crock-Pot brand name has become so well known that many people think it is synonymous with slow cooker and they refer to all slow cookers as “crockpots”. Crock-Pot is actually the original brand of slow cookers, they introduced the first slow cooker in 1971, and are the most trusted brand with the longest history of expertise and quality products.

My first impression when I took it out of the box was that it was surprisingly light and very sleek, it wasn't one of those bulky huge slow cookers, which is a huge plus for me. I want something that I can move with ease. Then the next thing was the color...it's this really pretty metalic light green which goes really well with the dark chocolate brown of the stoneware.

The biggest pro has to be the versatility of this slow cooker. You know how sometimes you get those slow cooking recipes that require you to brown the meat on the stovetop and THEN transfer it? Well no more, because I can just set the stoneware on the large burners and cook it in there. (In case you have an electric stove top, it brings a heat Diffuser grill to use.) then lift it off the stove and set it into my heating base. Holy Mackerel, you won't believe how nice that is. It's just a really really pretty slow cooker but it's not just looks because it stands by what it can do.

One of the nicest features for me is definitely the timer. You turn the knob to low or high and then turn the other knob in increments of 30 minutes all the way up to 20 hours. 20 HOURS?!?!?!
And once it's done, it automatically sets itself to warm.


This beautiful stoneware looks good on the table to serve your dinner, it works as a Dutch-Oven if you need to cook something in the oven, it holds the leftovers in the refrigerator. I mean, what else could you ask for?

I'm beyond thrilled with it and even more excited that Merideth and the wonderful people at Crock-Pot would allow me to try their product.

One of my favorite things about it is the crock pot word embossed on the stoneware, I just love that :)

I tell you, if I could I would do a contest and offer one of these to a lucky winner, that's how much I love mine and just how highly I recommend it. If you're looking for a new slow cooker, I think this one is the perfect buy.

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Now onto Slow Cooking Thursday......I tried out two recipes this past week and they turned out pretty good. Chicken Nachos from the Crockpot Lady and Triple Chocolate Mess from Betsy. Thank you ladies!


All my slow cooking recipes are now online and starting today, I will add all the recipes shared weekly to my online del.icio.us site too. So if you're wanting to find ALL the slow cooked recipes that have been shared since the first SLOW COOKING THURSDAY, here is the link for you.

Don't forget to add your name to Mr Linky and a link back to your SCT post so others can come by and see your recipe too.



EASY AND ELEGANT HAM
Credit: Taste of Home Slow Cooker Classics

2 cans (20 ounces each) sliced pineapple
1 fully cooked boneless ham (about 6 pounds), halved
1 jar (6 ounces) maraschino cherries, well drained
1 jar (12 ounces) orange marmalade

Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set juice aside. Place half of the pineapple in an ungreased 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with the ham. Add cherries, remaining pineapple and reserved pineapple juice. Spoon marmalade over ham.

Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until heated through. Remove to a warm serving platter. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing. Serve pineapple and cherries with sliced ham.

Yield: 18-20 servings.


16 comments:

Stephanie said...

I need that crock pot !
Thanks for sharing the info :)

Crockpot Lady said...

It's gorgeous! Congratulations!

Mari said...

That crock pot looks great! The ham looks good too. I'm not posting a recipe today, because it's my daughter's birthday, but I should be back next week,

Eleisia said...

Love the new crock pot. Being able to use it on the stove top to brown meat is a definitely a great feature!

The ham looks so good!

Heather's Brain said...

OH MY I wish this was posted two days ago. I bought a new slow cooker and I wish I had bought this one!

Way to go and good for you no one deserves it more!!!!

Heather's Brain said...

OH OH OH! and if Meradith is reading I think it would be a FABULOUS IDEA to give one away! If I won I would "donate" my new one to a NEEDY family on my block!!!

3 Sides of Crazy said...

I'm new here, but I also need a new Crock Pot as of just this week so I know I was led her for a purpose and I now know what I'm going to buy!

Karen H. said...

Good Morning Sandra,
"HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY & SCT"!!!! I love, love, love your new Slow Cooker. I am wanting one now. LOL. The one I have is one my Mother bought me and gave to us as a Wedding gift nearly 13 years ago. It's been a good one tho. I love the Stoneware look of it also. I love how you can take it out and put it in the oven and the fridge too. I'm going to have to save my money and buy me one. I wonder if they have them at Wal-Marts? Your Ham looks scrumptious. I only cook a ham about twice a year, so, the next time I have to cook a ham, which will probably be Easter, I am going to use your recipe. We have cooked a Turkey in our Slow Cooker many a times, but I've never done a ham in there. "THANK YOU" for sharing your recipe for it. "THANK YOU" also for sharing the information about the Slow Cooker also. Wow, 20 hours, that is a long time there. I have my recipe for White Beans up. Also, if you have time, stop by. I have a couple of things for you on my today's post. Take care my friend and have a great day. May God Bless You and Yours.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

mjpuzzlemom said...

Still drooling over the new crockpot. The ham looks good too. Thanks for hosting SCT!


MJ

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

That does look like an awesome crockpot. My mother in law got one for Christmas. She loves hers too!

Renee's Reading Corner said...

Okay- I am in awe of your new crockpot....I've added it to my "dream wish list!" Great recipes by the way!

Renee'
http://rmboys2.wordpress.com/

Casey said...

My crock pot broke a few months ago and I have been looking for a new one. I just saw this one you posted about yesterday and fell in love with it. It is actually what I asked my hubby to get me for Valentine's Day! :) Thanks for posting this review, now I am even more excited!!!!

Cris said...

Wow Sandra! This baby is gorgeous!!! I wonder how long it will take to be available down here... it usually takes ages... :-(

Org Junkie said...

Thanks for the great review, it sounds awesome!! Wonder if they need anyone else to do a review...hint hint :)

Michelle said...

If anyone deserves a slow cooker to review it's you! How neat that the folks at Crock Pot came across your blog and sent you that! It does look like a great multi-efficient slow cooker - you're going to enjoy that! Lucky you :)

AlaneM said...

Ok I'm salivating...over your crock pot!! I have one but it's a tall round one & I can't do roasts or recipes with a lot of chicken cos it won't cook all the way through. I am getting a new one from a contest thing I won, but I don't think it will have all the bells & whistles yours does.
Have fun with it!